Some are calling the results of Tuesday night’s Kenosha County elections a “red wave.” Many conservative-leaning candidates defeated liberal-leaning candidates last night.
More specifically, the next County Executive will be the first Republican ever elected to the post. Also, for the first time in perhaps the history of the county board, it will be controlled by a conservative majority.
Kenosha County Executive
Samantha Kerkman is the longest serving republican in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Tuesday night, she was elected as the County’s first woman executive. As a republican, she pointed out that in her decades as a state representative, she worked across the aisle and will do the same as executive. Kerkman was joined by her parents and children to celebrate her victory at Birchwood grill. “We have a lot of work to do….as you all know, I’ve always worked together with the other side, so my values are conservative, but we are going to put forth plans and get going on day one. Tomorrow, I know I’m meeting at the County Exec’s office at 9:30 tomorrow morning. We just have so much to accomplish.” said Kerkman to a room full of supporters. Outgoing County Executive Jim Kreuser arrived to the gathering late and spoke with Kerkman. When asked by KCE if his endorsement of Rebecca Matoska-Mentink (Kerkman’s opponent) was the “kiss of death,” for her, he responded by saying “I think we have a new county executive, the people [of Kenosha County] have spoken – we’re gonna start transition tomorrow and it’s going to be another great day in Kenosha County.” Kreuser was a big supporter of democrat County Court Clerk Matoska-Mentink from the beginning and was very critical of Kerkman in public.
Democrat Rebecca Stevens retained her spot on the board and conservative-leaning Kristine Schmaling and Eric Meadows are joining the board.
Alderman Paff was unseated by Brandi Feree
Local business owner Brian Thomas defeated incumbent Dennis pierce who was recently appointed by the county board in an attempt to help his candidacy. Thomas and his wife Tamara were celebrating his victory at Birchwood.
(Open Seat) Brian Bashaw defeated Larry Zamba by a huge margin, almost 2-1.
James Kedrow took a commanding lead against Brock Williamson, unseating him.
Samantha Kerkman’s Victory Speech